This service acts as a central administrator for VMware ESX/ESXi servers that are connected on a network. vCenter Server, formerly called VMware VirtualCenter, provides the central point for configuring, provisioning, and managing virtual machines in the datacenter.

In addition to using these virtual machines as sources for View desktop pools, you can use virtual machines to host the server components of VMware View, including Connection Server instances, Active Directory servers, and vCenter Server instances.

You can install View Composer on the same server as vCenter Server to create linked-clone desktop pools. vCenter Server then manages the assignment of the virtual machines to physical servers and storage and manages the assignment of CPU and memory resources to virtual machines.

You install vCenter Server in a Windows Server 2008 server, preferably on a VMware virtual machine.